According to a report on March 10, the Japanese media said that the Japan Fair Trade Commission basically decided to apply the Anti-Monopoly Law to IT giants such as Google and Facebook when they illegally collected and used personal information.
According to Kyodo News reported on March 6, the Japan Fair Trade Commission considered the service and information exchange between enterprises and individuals as transactions, and regarded as infringing the "abuse of dominant position" provisions of the Anti-Monopoly Law. . For the IT giant, Japan has been focusing on inter-enterprise transactions, and will expand its eyes to individuals in the future.
According to the report, IT giants have a strong position to collect personal information when people use information retrieval and social networking sites. The Japan Fair Trade Commission will determine that such behavior is a violation of regulations and controls.
At the press conference of the day, the Director of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, Yamada, said that it is necessary to conduct an individual discussion on whether the IT giant is in a dominant position and whether it causes losses.
The report also pointed out that the organization will further improve the legal system based on the results of the actual transaction survey conducted by the IT giants in January and the discussion of government experts seminars on strengthening control.
According to Kyodo News, the Japan Fair Trade Commission conducted a formal investigation on February 27 to clarify the actual transactions of IT giants such as Amazon and Apple. This is because of concerns about the IT giant's efforts to control and create undue pressure on the trading partners by monopolizing the market.
According to the report, the Japanese government has begun to tighten restrictions on IT giants who are known as “platform companies” that provide the foundation for network services. If the company does not cooperate with the investigation, it will exercise the power of compulsory investigation based on Article 40 of the Anti-Monopoly Law and respond with a strict attitude.